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All this week we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree near and far to see how hotels are ringing in the holidays. So grab your eggnog, put on the Mariah Carey Christmas album (you know you own it) and come virtually admire these hotel Christmas trees with us!
The Beverly Hills Hotel, being a traditional luxury hotel, has opted for a traditional luxury Christmas tree with glittering gold and crimson bows, pine corn ornaments, golden balls of various sizes and tipped with what looks like golden banana leaf.
But of course, one Christmas tree is not enough. Aside from the tree that greets guest in the middle of the lobby, theres another one just a mere few feet away that is slightly smaller but features the same trimmings and a few boxed presents underneath. The hotel also features a menorah in the lobby for those celebrating "8 crAzy nights."
Getting in the Christmas spirit may be easy for those who love wearing kitschy knit vests, or going shopping amid crowds, or baking in general, but we pretty much rely on hotel lobbies to jolt us from our pre-winter malaise. When the trees go up and the garlands come down the staircases, it's pretty hard to resist the warm fuzzies that rise in our gut, and thus we typically go seeking out hotel lobbies with classic scenes.
A few days ago in Chicago, we popped into The Fairmont for this very reason.
The Fairmont is a hotel we tend to forget exists, since it's behind the stocky business buildings of Michigan Avenue and covered from the south by the monolithic Aon Center. Oddly it's been the presence of the new Radisson Blu Chicago that's drawn us back to the area. Guess what, thoughthe Blu doesn't have a tree! So across the street it is.
The Public Chicago may still be quite the newbie on the hotel scene in Chicago, but it's already got the Gold Coast glamor down pat, as evidenced by the classic, non-fussy look of their very first lobby Christmas tree.
It's a simple affair to compliment the low-key lobby, and it's surprisingly placed a bit off to the side. Why? Because even the tree knows that the real highlight of the lobbyduring cold Chicago winterswill be the Library Bar's fireplace and the way it beckons guests up into cozier surrounds.
Having experienced the Public and its Pump Room when it was still the old Ambassador East, we can say that the Public at least carries on the building's tradition of being the place in the neighborhood for a bit of white-gloved hot toddy service, though these days those white gloves have morphed to little black dresses.
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Just completed and lit during a tea service yesterday, the Betsey Johnson/Eloise tree is perhaps the hottest pink tree you'll ever see; it's 18 feet high and some of the ornaments are stuffed with Betsey goodies (like jewelry and underwear).
It's free to stop in and see the tree, which is not in the lobby but nearer the Palm Court, but it'll only be shining that fuchsia glow through January 4. Meanwhile if you'd like to buy a few things off the tree, the pop-up in The Plaza's downstairs shops will be open longeruntil January 9.
For a whole slew of photos of the tree's decorating and Betsey striking poses, hit up the Facebook gallery.
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After John Galliano effectively ousted himself from the House of Dior earlier this year, owing to an anti-semitic tirade caught on camera, the luxury label has lagged in finding a permanent replacement. WIth so much tumult at the company, it's no surprise that London hotel Claridge's has chosen a different designer to take on their annual holiday tree decor. (Dior was responsible for the tree from 2009-2010.)
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Well, now, this is just showing off. While we've been cultivating snapshots of hotel Christmas trees around the world, the ostentatious Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi was working on their own Christmas tree decorations.
And in true Emirates Palace fashion--remember, this hotel is home to the gold bar ATM and $1 million hotel package--the hotel decided to make their Christmas tree the most expensive tree in the world by adorning it with jewelry worth $11 million dollars. That's the Christmas spirit!
The tree, standing 13 meters (43 feet) high at the 302-room hotel, carries 181 pieces of diamond, pearl, emerald necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches. The price tags of the ornaments range between 36,000 dirhams ($9,800) and 3.5 million dirhams.
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Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze, but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!
Call us cheesy, but we can't help but get all excited inside when we see holiday decorations in their gaudy glory all around town. And hotels often have the best displays, with big honkin' trees and lights galore, like these hotel trees from around the world*.
Well, it appears that you've all got that same holiday spirit, because we have been getting boatloads of hotel Christmas tree pictures like this one above from the Four Seasons Chicago.
"The Nutcracker" isn't a new Christmastime decor theme by any means, but the Four Seasons is giving it a local twist by dangling autographed ballet slippers from the Joffrey Ballet on its tree branches. Of course, there are nutcrackers and glittery ornaments on the tannenbaum as well, but the pretty pink shoes stand out in the red-heavy tree and make it stand tippy-toes above others. If you want to see the tree in person, rooms start at $345 a night.
Meanwhile, you can get lost in a winter wonderland right here by checking out all of the *new* Christmas tree photos we've received this week in our photo gallery below!
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Christmas Eve is upon us, and as hotels around the world welcome a flood of festive guests and the inflated room rates that come along with the season, we're kicking back in New York City, surrounded by some of the most beautiful holiday hotel decorations.
And since everyday we're walking through the lobbies or simply passing by the grand dames and hip hotels of the city, we figured why not share some of the scenes with you.
During the last week, we've swung by 12 Manhattan hotels to see how they've done themselves up for the holidays. There were glitzy trees aplenty, like that of the New York Palace, whose ornaments were larger than our head. Additionally, we managed to spot one Menorah (at the Waldorf=Astoria), and one diplomatic displaya peace wreath at The Maritime.
Check out some of the best Hotel Christmas Trees of NYC, after the jump.